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Prevention crucial to ending violence against women - Our Watch commends Victoria's approach

November 24 2016 By Hannah Grant, Media and Ambassador Program Manager

Our Watch commends the Victorian Government’s continued focus on preventing violence against women and their children evidenced in its 10-year plan to reduce rates of family violence launched today by Victoria’s Premier, Daniel Andrews.

Our Watch CEO Mary Barry said the organisation “congratulates the Victorian Government for its comprehensive approach to reducing rates of violence against women and their children through its commitment to implement all 227 recommendations of Australia’s first royal commission into family violence.” 
 
“If we are to stop violence against women and their children before it starts we must tackle what the evidence says drives this violence. This includes working to instil gender equity in areas we live and learn, such as workplaces and respectful relationships education in schools,” she said.
 
“It is pleasing that the Government’s 10 year plan outlines these elements of prevention as a crucial components of any approach to end the epidemic rates of violence against women.”
 
“To ensure stakeholders, both locally and nationally, are working in a consistent evidence-based approach to prevent violence against women and their children,Our Watch is enthusiastic about working with the Government to co-design its Primary Prevention Strategy.
 
“Gender equality is the heart of the solution to ending violence against women; we are excited that the Government’s first Gender Equality Strategy will be released next week.
 
“We also look forward to learning more about the Prevention Agency highlighted in the 10-year plan, and how Our Watch, as the national organisation to prevent violence against women and their children, can work collaboratively with the new state agency” said Ms Barry.

Media contact:

Hannah Grant, Media and Ambassador Program Manager, Our Watch: 0448 844 930 or hannah.grant@ourwatch.org.au

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:

“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. For more information about a service in your state or local area download the DAISY App in the App Store or Google Play.”

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About Our Watch

Our Watch’s purpose is to raise awareness and engage policy-makers and the Australian community in action to prevent violence against women and their children.

To do this the organisation works to increase gender equality and respect in all aspects of everyday life, such as through schools; workplaces; media; sporting organisations; social marketing, and developing and influencing public policy.

Our Watch’s work derives from the government’s commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 and gives expression to many of the activities in the Second Action Plan 2013–2016 – Moving Ahead.